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The word gospel is a compound word that simply means, the "good-news", and refers singularly to the good news that Jesus Christ has made peace between our pure and holy God and a sinful and fallen mankind; that we, being wholly depraved in our own humanness, who are completely incapable of altering our own hearts toward purity, can stand in the presence of God Himself with a new heart and no condemnation at all - none what so ever in our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus. Wow, that is good news.

You see and hear a lot of things on the Internet today. There is such a vast array of information that is available to us through this present media, some information that is true and accurate, which can help us and some which are filled with lies and falsehoods that can damage us. All the information given has to be sifted as to its truthfulness and accuracy. We must discern its accuracy and usefulness by assessing the message thoroughly, as to its origination by authority, and its authorship by credibility. The real question is: who or by what authority, grants me the right to speak these truths to you with such surety and certainty; to command the gospel message with absolute authority? The answer is: The Lord God almighty; for having been given new life by the power of the Holy Spirit of truth and redeemed by the grace provided by Jesus Christ, God has commissioned me and all other believers as ambassadors to share the truth of salvation with all mankind and to share His love with whomever has a heart to hear and respond to the truth of the gospel. The need of all mankind for a saviour from our sins and the love God has shown by sending Jesus Christ to fully accomplish that on our behalf - by grace through faith in the only begotten Son of God. The origination and authorship are from God Himself, the authority and credibility are from His own word; the precise truth that He has revealed to us in the bible.

For God, out of His great kindness and love for us, had determined from before the world began to draw certain persons to Himself. This is not an exclusive club or an organization that you can sign up for, join or even be such a good person as to attain to an acceptable standard to be admitted. God chooses those whom He determines and gives them desires that lead a person to Him; He gives them desires that cannot be fulfilled anywhere in life except through a real and intimate relationship with Himself. How could you know if God is leading you to an intimate relationship with Him? For those who are reading this message and have a sincere desire to love God, to repent of their sins, to be cleansed and forgiven from all sin, to obey His commandments and to be reconciled to Himself through Jesus Christ His Son, this is the best news of all; for if that truly is your desire, that means the Holy Spirit is drawing you and that your life is about to change, and the good news of your life will continue to get better and better.

This truth of the good news that I am sharing with you today, goes out to everyone who will listen. Absolutely everyone alive on this earth needs to hear the truth of the good news. God has made it very clear to me in the bible that not many of you will hear the good news of His love for you, and respond with a willing heart as to be saved from your impending doom. For all those who resist His grace in the gospel, will rightly be judged by God, solely on their own merit and will spend an eternity in a lake of fire. This "eternal lake of fire", is as real as it is forever; with a full sense of the wrath of almighty God, physical pain and suffering, with an absence of God's loving mercy to shorten it's time or even soften the punishment. It is my earnest hope and desire that you will carefully consider the gospel truth. That you will not only hear and understand it clearly, but that you will respond to the gospel of God's grace and be saved from the impending doom that awaits all who reject His love.

If, on the other hand, you are reading this message and you are absolutely positive that you have no such desire to love God, no desire to repent of your sins, no desire to be forgiven from these sins, no desire to submit to Jesus Christ as Lord and you have no desire to be reconciled to your God (the One true and living God, who created you and loves you), then there will be no good news for you. For, those who reject God's call, those who ignore and deny God's presence and those who act as if He does not exist, they will remain as enemies of God and the bad news in their lives will only get worse and worse as time goes on. If this is the way you truly feel about God, for He is the only One who can change your heart and give you a sincere desire to love Him. If you ever have any desire to know anything about God, His love for you or anything at all about His holy character, please e-mail me at deckman@qwestoffice.net, I would like to be able to assist you with that information.

Good News about God's love for you

To get an accurate understanding of the good news of the gospel, we will first need to start with who God is, what He has done, our relationship to Him and the bad news of our separation from Him as a result of our sinful condition before Him. God's character is absolutely limitless; like the stars of the heavens, like the limitless galaxies and space that continues on forever and ever - as far as our eyes or our biggest and most powerful telescopes can see and then an eternity beyond that. Our God created all things; namely the heavens and the earth so that He could accurately represent just how vast and limitless His character is and to help us better understand who He is, His wonderful plan for us and what He has done for us. It would take us literally an eternity to even get close to understanding His character in its fullness. Let us get started by laying out some basic attributes that He has revealed to us so that we may have an accurate working knowledge of who He is moving forward. Our God is sovereign; which means that He is in control of all things, He guides and directs all things to accomplish His sovereign purpose. God works out all things, great and small as He wishes.

Our God is eternal; that is, in His essence and nature, He is immortal - He has always been in existence, from all eternity past and He will continue to be in existence through all eternity future. God has no beginning and no end. Our God is the self existent One; that is, He exists solely by His own power, a power that never diminishes - no one made God, for He always was and is the One who created all things; the things we can see and the things that we can't see. Our God is omnipotent; which means He is the source of all power, for He controls and maintains all things in perfect order by the might of His power - having unlimited authority and influence over the things which He has made. Our God is omnipresent; which means His presence is everywhere at all times - He is present in all places at all times. Even the vast space He has created cannot contain the fullness of His presence. Our God is omniscient; which means He knows all things - having an infinite awareness, knowledge, wisdom, understanding and insight of all things before their existence, in their present existence and all things still future.

Our God is one God, and He alone is God, for there were no gods before Him and there will be no gods after Him. He is the beginning and the end of all things, He determines the limits of all things - when we are born, when we will die, where we will live, even the most intimate details of our lives and relationships. Although being one God, He has revealed Himself in three eternally distinct persons. The three persons are still of only one nature and essence, one God in three persons - we may not fully understand these truths but God has given us sufficient grace to apprehend Him. We can only apprehend what He has revealed to us, namely that He is a holy Trinity: as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We will not touch on all of God's attributes here, but we will continue to acknowledge additional attributes as they directly relate to the good news of the gospel, as we go. Our God is holy and pure; which means He is completely set apart from all that is human and unpure. He is wholly without defilement, without flaw and without impurity in all the intentions of His heart, His thoughts and His actions. He is our standard of measure, for we know what is holy and pure by what God says and by what He does.

Our bad news starts here; for He created each and every one of us to glorify His holy name and to enjoy Him forever; that we would be an accurate representation of His character to all those who are on the earth. So that any person, by examining our lives, what they can see and ascertain of our thoughts, intentions and our actions - our character as a whole; could look at our lives and get a pretty good idea of what God's character is like. This witness of who we are, should accurately represent a small picture of who He is and what He has done in our lives. This is His will for our lives. To accomplish His will in us, God has written His law upon our hearts, so that we would know what to do to be an accurate example of who He is. And He has placed into each one of us an understanding of His invisible attributes, namely His eternal power and His divine nature. These attributes are clearly seen, being understood through what He has made, so that we are without excuse. He also gave us the light of conscience; His Holy Spirit striving within our hearts, directing us to abide by His law (His attributes which are written in a code as His law) and then He is convicting us of sinful desires when we attempt to defy that law in our own selfishness and evil desires.

This is really bad news for us. For in this body, which is decaying day by day, we continually deceive ourselves into thinking that we are something that we are really not. We know that we go against His law and the leading of our own conscience, but we still convince ourselves that we are mostly good. But the fact is, that we are only adhering to our own standards, and not even doing that as well as we would like. We truly believe that we have freewill, but instead of choosing to do good (God's will) over sinful and selfish choices (our own will), we find ourselves choosing one sinful desire over another. In summary, we knew what was right and true and good, we were further directed by His Holy Spirit how to do the right thing and how to avoid sinful thoughts and behavior, but were both collectively and independently unwilling to obey His leading. In a willful act of defiance to God's will, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We find ourselves at this point, completely incapable of accurately representing His holiness, purity or any other of His attributes. We find ourselves in a state of total depravity - absolute inability to do His will and no way to change our own hearts before God without His help.

Even when God shows His mercy on us and starts to draw us by His Holy Spirit toward Himself, we start seeking to love Him at some level, having been given a desire to obey His law, but we find ourselves to be incapable of obeying His will in our own strength. We try our best to fulfill the desires that have been placed in us by attempting to do good, but we find all the more that we are enslaved by our failures as we continue to make decisions driven by selfish motives. We find ourselves broken and crushed in spirit, grieved and mourning our sinful choices - this too is a gracious gift from God Himself. For, none of us on our own accord, could ever see spiritual things clearly without God opening our eyes and ears to the truth. This is allowed by God so that we will be able to experience our own inability to choose correctly in our humanness. We acknowledge what the scripture says, "that we are dead in our transgressions and sins". So that it becomes clear to us that the power to make right choices, to love Him and to obey His law cannot come from within us, but it must be initiated from outside of ourselves - that it must come from God Himself.

Our God is righteous and just; which indicates that He rightly blesses all our good thoughts, intentions and acts of obedience to His divine will. The blessing for a heart of obedience includes intimate fellowship and communion with God Himself, a portion in His divine nature and an inheritance of all that He is for all eternity; which makes our reward as limitless as His character. This also means that He rightly pronounces a just and accurate punishment for all evil and bad thoughts, intentions and actions of disobedience to His will. Part of His attributes of righteousness and justice, mandate that His wrath is active against sin, evil and wickedness. He has rightly determined that the penalty for sin is death. The penalty of sin is experienced in both physical and spiritual death; for we will all one day physically die, this body of ours is slowly fading away and will one day fail us completely. In our sin, we experience the spiritual death as we are enslaved to a life of sin and death, unable to discern spiritual things and that we are outside of His grace, we are incapable of responding to any spiritual stimulus - absolute inability.

Once clarity sets in and we see the truth for just a brief moment, that is, God's perfect standard of measure (the law of God) and our absolute inability to attain to the true standard, we are left crushed under the weight of guilt and shame from making one poor choice after another until it overwhelms us. Our God is loving and kind; which is identified in that He loves us too much to leave us in this desperate state of absolute inability without a remedy for our sin. For His divine love is not merely a feeling or an emotion, like human love, to make us feel better about our sin, but is active and purposeful. True divine love, a love that is from God, is a choice of the will to sacrifice oneself to fulfill and meet a need in someone else's life (to love ones neighbor as himself). God, our Father, has given of Himself to provide a remedy for our sinful condition, by sending His only begotten Son Jesus to die on our behalf and to fulfill the righteous requirement of death as a perfect and sinless substitute for us. In propitiation, this substitute must be pure, blameless and completely without sin. What we need is a Saviour, who will pay our debt in full and free us from our current slavery to sin and death; who will make peace with God on our behalf. God has sent Jesus Christ to be that perfect and righteous substitute, He is our Saviour.

Our God is merciful; which is evidenced in His desire to keep us safe from the penalty of the wrath to come; all of which we certainly deserved. Mercy deals strictly with our miserable condition and the suffering we are now facing, and the future judgment we will rightly receive for sin. God was pleased to do this, for it was predetermined before time, so we could accurately see His love on display in fullest measure. There is no greater love than this, to lay down one's life for His friend. Jesus Christ, God the Son, took on a human nature (He was fully God and yet fully man), a nature like ours, He was born of a virgin, He lived the sinless life that we could never live and He showed us how to submit to God, trust God and how to live the Christian life in love for others. In love, Jesus kept entrusting Himself to God and endured suffering on our behalf, He even suffered and died on a cross to pay our sin debt. He was buried and on the third day rose from the dead, conquering sin and death for good, once and for all. That anyone who trusts in this substitutionary atonement, who places faith in His death on our behalf - as payment for their sins, and surrenders their own live to Christ Jesus as lord and master of their life, would be saved.

This truly is the good news for us who believe. Our God is gracious; for it was God's grace (unmerited favor) to give us faith as a free gift; in giving us a free gift of eternal life by this faith in Jesus Christ our Lord, which we do not deserve. We cannot earn forgiveness by something that we have done in righteousness, but it is the free gift from God, by trusting in what Jesus Christ has already done for us by faith. Our God is Lord of all; Jesus Christ is Lord of all. As we respond to God in trusting Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and in the hope of forgiveness, the Holy Spirit regenerates our lifeless spirit to believe Him by faith. This is the turning point of our entire lives, as the Holy Spirit of promise comes to dwell within our hearts to give us the power to obey God. We trust Him and submit solely to His lordship in our lives; as we could not gain forgiveness on our own, so we cannot repent of sins on our own either. God grants us repentance from sin as we respond to His transforming power. This power takes us from the darkness and places us into His marvelous light, from death to life and from being slaves of sin to being slaves of righteousness. We now desire to obey Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives.

Our God is generous; which means that His lovingkindness endures forever. This is identified by all the free gifts that He so abundantly lavishes upon us; for by grace, you have been saved, through faith, and this is not by your own works, but is the free gift of God. This gift of life, that lasts forever; and better yet, this eternal life that is ours in Christ Jesus, is spent with Him, in His presence. So we see that His mercy was a gift, grace was a gift, faith was a gift and also salvation is a free gift because He loves us and would not leave us without a remedy for sin. How do we get these free gifts that God was so pleased to offer us? All those who have the Son of God have life, and all those who do not have the Son of God, will never see life. We get all these gifts from God the Father, in and through God the Son, and all this happens by and through the power of God the Holy Spirit.

Salvation is a free gift of God to all those who believe this gospel, when we submit ourselves to Him and seek Him alone for repentance from sin. We believe Him by faith; we believe by faith that Jesus Christ is God, that He died for our sins as the holy and blameless substitute on our behalf and that He rose from the grave victorious over sin and death. From the moment we believe God by faith, the rest of our lives will be lived by and through faith; for the righteous shall live by faith.

Our God is a Saving God and He is our Lord; We now have the ability by the power of the Holy Spirit to carry out the will of our Father, through submission and obedience to Jesus Christ our Lord. We will not always carry out His will perfectly, although our desire to obey Him in fuller measure will increase day by day as we focus on the eternal things of God instead of the temporal things of this earth. We were drawn by God, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, who gave us a desire to love God and to obey His commandments. We came to the end of our own resources, and found ourselves unable to accomplish His will in our own strength; by our own will. Led by the Holy Spirit, we cry out for God's help; He regenerates us to a newness of life and gives us a new heart, a heart that can respond to the gospel by faith. All of salvation happens by His will, through His power, by His choosing and on His timetable. We are recipients of God's gracious and merciful love for us.

Romans 9: 16 - So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.

If God has show His mercy on you today, giving you a desire to know Him and the willingness to surrender your life to Him, and to seek His kindness to lead you to repentance, then we want to help you to grow in the faith. He has saved us for His own purposes. He has given you gifts of the Holy Spirit to enable you to carry out those purposes in the church; to share the truth of the gospel with the lost and to build up the body of Christ as you fellowship with the saints. It is imperative that you seek this fellowship with a body of believers who know and obey God's word (the bible), who will disciple you in the truth and who are accurate examples of His character. If you have experienced His love for you today, then you will want to thank Him in prayer. Prayer is simply talking with God, sincerely and honestly from your heart. You can communicate with God anywhere and at all times, with whatever is on your heart. He desires to have intimate fellowship with you and He also desires that you have intimate fellowship with other believers - His saints.

If you have questions about the gospel that I have shared with you or you need assistance finding a sound biblical church so that you can fellowship with other believers, please e-mail us at deckman@qwestoffice.net or call me at (303) 730-9642. It is my sincere desire that your life is changed by the gospel; for it is the power of God for salvation.

 

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